Kurt Higuera, Chief Executive Officer
Kurt Higuera came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Executive Officer in mid September 2007. Kurt earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona and his Masters of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.
Kurt came to us from Arizona. His most recent position prior to joining Siskiyou Community Health Center was as a Practice Management Consultant for two Triad hospitals in Tucson, Arizona. Before that, he spent 10 years with a JCAHO accredited FQHC located in Casa Grande, Arizona. Five of those years were spent serving as the COO. He has also spent 5 years on the Board of Arizona’s Primary Care Association (Arizona Association of Community Health Centers). He also brings to us corporate level experience with Arizona hospital systems.
Kurt maintains his professional credentials as a registered Microbiologist with the National Registry of Microbiology, American Academy of Microbiology, a specialist in Microbiology with the American Society for Clinical Pathology, as well as a Registered Medical Technologist with American Society for Clinical Pathology. Professional affiliations comprise as an Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, member of MGMA and the Health Care Compliance Association as well as the national registries mentioned above. Kurt has also been a member of Rotary and spent five years as a member of the Oracle School District Board of Governors. His personal interests include gardening, cooking, photography and exploring Oregon with his wife.
Richard Booth, Chief Operations Officer
Richard Booth came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Operations Officer in February of 2008. Prior to joining Siskiyou, Richard worked for 6 years as the Executive Director of an Independent Physician Association in Portland, that provided health care to more than 50,000 members in four Northwest counties. Scope of his duties included operational management for more than 115 primary-care pediatric providers, as well as serving as Director of managed care and information technology for 24 primary care pediatric providers and being in charge of operational and personnel management for all technology needs.
Richard is a native of Grants Pass. He attended Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. Richard is also a member of the Medical Management Association and the Oregon Medical Group Management Association.
After spending 15 years living in Corvallis and Portland, Richard eventually returned to his home town of Grants Pass in 2007 to be closer to family and friends. His interests include spending time with family, along with golfing and fishing.
Bruce R. McKee, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Bruce McKee came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. With over twenty-five years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Bruce has served a variety of businesses in the financial, tax and business advisory areas. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Fullerton. Bruce served as the Chief Financial Officer for a 70 million dollar, 850 employee healthcare company providing home-health and hospice services, and was responsible for the financial department at the corporate office and oversight of eight branches, including financial reporting, cash flow management, strategic planning, and budgeting. His career began with Grant Thornton International, advancing to Senior Manager and overseeing audit quality control, staffing, and engagement administration.
Kristin Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kristin Miller joined the team at Siskiyou Community Health Center in 1999 as a Family Physician and was recently appointed to Chief Medical Officer in December of 2013. She came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as a National Health Service Corps Scholar with a dedication to medicine and taking care of families, working to fulfill that passion over the last 14 years as a contributing member of the Clinic.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Miller completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, during which she spent a year studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dr. Miller received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed her Family Practice Residency at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her interests include pediatrics, women’s health care, family planning and obstetrics. Dr. Miller has received numerous awards, including the Medical Student Association Leadership Award and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award, and is a member of the Mid-Rogue Independent Physicians Association and the American and Oregon Academies of Family Physicians.
While she has resided in Grants Pass longer than any other city, Dr. Miller still considers Wisconsin her home state and admits that her green and gold during football season is more likely support for the Green Bay Packers rather than the Oregon Ducks. Outside of the clinic, she finds joy in spending time with her husband and two children, gardening, knitting, hiking and exploring all of the beautiful outdoor activities that Oregon has to offer.
David Lillian, DDS, Chief Dental Officer
Dr. David Lillian began practicing general dentistry at Siskiyou Community Health Center in 2010 and was appointed the Chief Dental Officer in 2013. Drawn to Siskiyou by its mission to provide high-quality healthcare to the underserved population, he found his place within the community and has spent the last 4 years dedicating himself to dental outreach within, as well as outside, of the clinic.
Before coming to Siskiyou Community Health Center, Dr. David Lillian spent a year working within the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth, Texas. He attended the University of Minnesota for Liberal Arts Studies, after which he pursued his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Dr. Lillian received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2009. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Lillian was heavily involved in community outreach programs such as Healthy Smiles and the Jonathan Taft Society, and practiced in both general and pediatric community dental clinics.
When outside of the clinic, Dr. Lillian spends his time with his wife and three children, enjoying the Southern Oregon outdoors and cycling.